Great Basin Bristlecone Gin is made from a unique combination of red winter wheat and pumpernickel rye sourced from the Utah-Idaho border, brought to proof with the most important ingredient — artesian, limestone-filtered water. This water is sourced directly from the majestic mountains of Utah, home of the greatest snow on earth. The snowmelt then flows into the distillery's own artesian well creating a unique flavor profile crafted from this mineral rich water.
The cold maturation of the base spirit gives this gin aromas of Tellicherry peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, rose water, clove, and ground ginger with a supple, bright, dry light body and a graceful, charming, medium length juniper finish. A bold and spicy Gin that will play well in cool weather cocktails.
Aroma: Herbal aromas of rosemary, crispy sage pastry, juniper, and
Palate: Satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body
Finish: Smooth, stimulating, medium-length lemon bar, bitter orange,
and honeycomb finish.
Double Gold Medal – SIP Awards, 2019
94 Points – Tasting Panel Magazine, 2019
Clear color. Aromas of Tellicherry peppercorns, cinnamon, cardamom, rose water, clove, and ground ginger with a supple, bright, dry light body and a graceful, charming, medium-length juniper finish. A bold and spicy Gin that will play well in cool-weather cocktails.
Make sure you have a clean palate (your mouth). Common palate cleansers are bread or unsalted crackers.
The first thing to look for when tasting a new gin is what it looks like. Take note of its color, is it clear or cloudy, light, golden or dark – this can help prepare your brain for what is about to come next.
Commonly referred to as “nosing” this is where you sniff the gin to soak in those delicious aromas. Short quick sniffs are best to capture different aromas. You have about 7 seconds before your nose gives up and stops noticing things so try and identify things quickly.
The first sip is always a bit of a shock to the tongue, so take a small sip to get the light burn out of the way so you can then focus on the flavors.
Take a second, slower sip and let the gin float around your mouth and the vapors float into your nose to identify more aromas. Here you want to look for sweetness, bitterness and spiciness & acidity. Make a note of what you observe.
Next, take another sip and pay attention to the consistency or the gin, is it smooth, light, thick? Does the flavor intensify or stay the same? Compare this to what you noticed in The View above.
Swallow the gin and pay attention to the after taste. How quickly does it fade away? Do more flavors present themselves, do other flavors disappear?